‘Setbacks Are a Beautiful Thing’- Conor McGregor Addresses His First Knockout Loss to Dustin Poirier

Published 07/09/2021, 1:03 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Dustin Poirier points at Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will meet in the octagon once again on July 10, 2021. Ahead of his trilogy bout against ‘The Diamond’, McGregor is focussing on his training and preparations. The Irishman has not engaged in a lot of media obligations and promotions like the UFC Embedded so far. However, in his first interview this week, McGregor talked at length about the adjustments in his training camp.

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Fans have seen a similar version of Conor McGregor during the second fight with Nate Diaz. During preparations for UFC 202, McGregor distanced himself from the media and solely focused on training for his rematch. As he has made similar adjustments for UFC 264, it seems he has sights set on getting his hand raised.

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McGregor explained that his last training camp majorly boxing-oriented because of a possible Manny Pacquiao bout. However, the former double champ made the adjustments in his camp and shifted focus entirely to mixed martial arts. He also acknowledged his knockout loss against Dustin Poirier in January and said that it helped him develop further.

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It went the way it went, and I got a setback in there, but setbacks are a beautiful thing. Defeat is the secret ingredient to success, I say, and it’s put me right where I need to be,said Conor McGregor.

What can we expect from Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 3?

Dustin Poirier is currently the top contender in the UFC lightweight division. ‘The Diamond’ has so far defeated five champions, with McGregor being the fifth. He has won six out of his last seven fights and is currently on a two-fight win streak. Poirier could have directly fought Charles Oliveira for the championship over choosing this trilogy bout.

However, the McGregor fight seemed like the more lucrative alternative to him. Furthermore, it made sense for them to settle their 1-1 series tie. Dustin Poirier is looking to shoot for gold and is confident in his abilities going into this fight on July 10.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, Conor McGregor has reportedly made adjustments in his training and will showcase a mixed martial arts-oriented approach in this fight as opposed to his boxing-centric approach in UFC 257.

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While Dustin Poirier is a difficult roadblock to get past, Conor McGregor has proven the skeptics wrong before on multiple occasions. His ability to go against all odds is why fans look up to him. Hence, fans can expect lightweight mayhem from the UFC 264 main event.

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Do you see the trilogy fight going the distance or do you see it getting stopped in the early rounds?

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